Apple boosted its
iPod accessory offerings Tuesday with the release of the
iPod Hi-Fi, a portable high-fidelity speaker system that works with the handheld music device.
The new speaker system has an integrated Universal iPod dock that supports any dockable iPod; you control the device via the Apple remote.
The iPod Hi-Fi incorporates several iPod-like features, such as Tone Control, Large Album Art mode and volume mirroring. The isolated enclosure system sports two custom designed wide-range speakers and a tuned, ported bass system. It also includes a dual-purpose 3.5-mm auxiliary input that accepts either analog or digital signals to support a wide range of audio sources, including the iPod shuffle.
Other iPod Hi-Fi features include handles for easy transportation, a removable front grille with precision-mounting clips, and touch-sensitive volume control buttons. The device is powered by either AC, or six D-cell batteries.
Available now, the iPod Hi-Fi sells for $349.
Apple also announced new leather cases designed for its fifth-generation
iPod with video and
iPod nano models. The Leather Case for iPod is made with hand-crafted Italian leather and features an interior lining for a secure fit. Cases for both the iPod nano and video are available immediately for $99.